clang

verb
\ ˈklaŋ How to pronounce clang (audio) \
clanged; clanging; clangs

Definition of clang

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to make a loud metallic ringing sound anvils clanged
b : to go with a clang
2 : to utter the characteristic harsh cry of a bird

transitive verb

: to cause to clang clang a bell

clang

noun

Definition of clang (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a loud ringing metallic sound the clang of a fire alarm
2 : a harsh cry of a bird (such as a crane or goose)

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Synonyms for clang

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of clang in a Sentence

Verb His fork clanged against the plate. The prison door clanged shut. The guard clanged the door shut. Noun the horseshoe hit the stake with a satisfying clang
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Whenever a family member died, pots and pans would clang in the kitchen, Lisa recalled. BostonGlobe.com, 17 May 2021 In a span of four minutes in the middle stages of the second half against Centennial, the Mustangs had three shots clang off a goal post. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, 16 Apr. 2021 Less than three minutes into his Warriors debut Saturday night, forward Andrew Wiggins dribbled around a screen, stepped in front of the 3-point arc and, with JaVale McGee’s hand in his face, clanged a long jumper off the back of the rim. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, 8 Feb. 2020 As Jones was coming down, UTSA’s Byron Frohnen put an arm in his chest and bumped his hip, leading to a foul call as the ball clanged off the back of the rim. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, 1 Feb. 2020 The front man Johnny Rotten would hang off the mic stand like a licentious scarecrow; the new bassist Sid Vicious, his long limbs clanging, was an icon continually in the process of dismantling itself—a human Jean Tinguely sculpture. James Parker, The Atlantic, 6 Mar. 2020 Caught out of position after the puck clanged off the post, Fleury dove back toward the net and snared Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nic Petan's shot to thwart a certain goal. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, 22 Nov. 2019 Bullet holes were filled with flowers and messages of love were chalked onto the sidewalk where casings had clanged. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2019 Whoops, clanging cowbells, loud music, bursts of firecrackers, whistles, gongs and singing poured from balconies and apartment windows. Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His dread of the software only increased after he was kicked out of an exam when a roommate dropped a pot in the kitchen, making a clang that rang through their apartment. Nora Caplan-bricker, The New Yorker, 27 May 2021 The sweet clang of scattering pins echoed through Western Bowl, a cavernous 68-lane bowling alley on the edge of Cincinnati. Brendan I. Koerner, Wired, 27 May 2021 Hatch also offers four traditional alarms, including a retro clang, a beep beep and an old pendulum clock. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, 17 Mar. 2021 Or that names be dropped with quite so resounding a clang? Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2021 Bush said in September, laughing while going hoarse from shouting over the clang of shopping carts in the mini-mall parking lot of a Save a Lot supermarket a few miles from Ferguson. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2020 The rare clang of a miscue echoes through silent, 10,000-seat Menora Arena, the seat of Israeli professional basketball and the place where the 6-foot-9 small forward has already played three professional seasons. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2020 For Trump, each clang of a hammer on metal must sound like the clock ticking down the days of his presidency. Scott Martelle, Star Tribune, 17 Nov. 2020 Their lunch plates all clang like clockwork at 1 PM. Pamela Druckerman, The New York Review of Books, 12 May 2020

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First Known Use of clang

Verb

1576, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clang

Verb

Latin clangere; akin to Greek klazein to scream, bark, Old English hliehhan to laugh

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23 May 2021

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“Clang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clang. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for clang

clang

verb

English Language Learners Definition of clang

: to make or cause (something) to make the loud, ringing sound of metal hitting against something

clang

verb
\ ˈklaŋ How to pronounce clang (audio) \
clanged; clanging

Kids Definition of clang

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make or cause to make the loud ringing sound of metal hitting something The pots clanged together.

clang

noun

Kids Definition of clang (Entry 2 of 2)

: a loud ringing sound like that made by pieces of metal striking together

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